Agatha Christie: An Autobiography [With CD (Audio)]

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Agatha Christie’s ‘most absorbing mystery’ – her own autobiography, with new exclusive CD containing newly discovered priceless recordings of Agatha dictating excerpts from more than 40 years ago.

Over the three decades since her death on 12 January 1976, many of Agatha Christie’s readers and reviewers have maintained that her most compelling book is probably still her least well-known. Her candid Autobiography, written mainly in the 1960s, modestly ignores the fact that Agatha had become the best-selling novelist in history and concentrates on her fascinating private life. From early childhood at the end of the 19th century, through two marriages and two World Wars, and her experiences both as a writer and on archaeological expeditions with her second husband, Max Mallowan, Agatha shares the details of her varied and sometimes complex life with real passion and openness.

Then, in 2008, Agatha Christie’s grandson made a remarkable discovery. While clearing out her old house in preparation for its opening to the public, Greenway in Devon, a box of old tape reels was found to contain the recordings of Agatha dictating her Autobiography for her typist. These remarkable recordings are not only an amazingly rare example of Agatha’s voice, but they also partly explain the engaging nature of her Autobiography - for they reveal the normally reclusive Agatha telling her own story in a lively, spontaneous and often conspiratorial way, whose passion in talking about her life is captured in the printed Autobiography.

Now this new edition comes complete with a CD of highlights from these priceless tapes, giving Agatha Christie’s millions of fans the opportunity to hear the Queen of Crime’s story in her own words, and rediscover her remarkable full story in this special edition of her book, which is newly introduced by Mathew Prichard, the grandson who discovered the tapes.

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‘Wonderfully easy to read and engrossing.’ The Times

‘The best thing she has ever written.’ Woman’s Own

‘Agatha Christie’s most absorbing mystery – the story of her own unusual life. She has put it all on record: her early romances; a broken (and a happy) marriage; strange events on the path to roaring success.’ Daily Mail

‘A wonderful book – written with a delight in the gradual unfolding of 75 years through the eyes of an exceptional old lady and writer.’ Financial Times

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"The best thing she has ever written."
WOMAN'S OWNAgatha Christie (1890-1976) is known throughout the world as the Queen of Crime. She wrote over 100 novels, short story collections and plays and her books have sold over a billion copies in English and another billion in over 100 foreign languages. She has become quite simply, the best-selling novelist in history.

'An Autobiography' published in 1977 a year after her death, tells of her fascinating private life, from early childhood through two marriages and two World Wars, and her experiences both as a writer and on archaeological expeditions with her second husband, Max Mallowan. Not only does the book reveal the true genius of her legendary success, but the true story is vividly told and as captivating as one of her novels.

"Agatha Christie's most absorbing mystery – the story of her own unusual life. She has put it all on record: her early romances; a broken (and happy) marriage; strange events on the path to roaring success."
DAILY MAIL

"A wonderful book – written with a delight in the gradual unfolding of 75 years through the eyes of an exceptional old lady and writer."
FINANCIAL TIMES

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